"Robert Khayat's extraordinary life has had more rough patches than most observers would believe. In this engaging memoir, he provides an unflinching look at the challenges, the adversity, and the ups and downs of a career that ultimately transformed a great American university."
"From the playing fields of the NFL to the groves of academe, where he broke the shackles of the Old South at his alma mater, Robert Khayat has led a remarkable life, and his memoir is full of wonderful anecdotes and wisdom. As an ancient scholar said of Aesop and his fables,
'He makes use of humble incidents to teach great truths.'"
author of The Fall of the House of Zeus
"A highly readable and entertaining story of leadership and vision taking on a stagnant culture.
Inspirational and insightful."
New York Times best selling author of The Broken Places
"Robert Khayat needs no introduction as both an educator and an indomitable torchbearer for a better Mississippi. The grand surprise of The Education of a Lifetime is Dr. Khayat's storytelling.
Having clearly absorbed the state's rich narrative tradition, Dr. Khayat quilts an array of magnificently-told stories—about watching a bad movie with Elvis to kicking a 50-yard field goal against the New York Giants to painfully exorcising the malign remnants of Ole Miss's history—
into a remarkable, candid, and deeply inspiring memoir."
author of Dear American Airlines and Want Not
"Maybe once or twice in a thousand years, fate places a person who will do the right thing in the right place at the right time. Robert Khayat left the nest of quiet bayous and coastal rhythms to tackle life, learning and the law. His toughest adversary along the way: tradition. Armed with a cowboy hero's fortitude and a certain guileless charm, Robert managed to kick one through the uprights for his oft-maligned Mississippi."
Rheta Grimsley Johnson,
Author of Hank Hung the Moon and Warmed Our Cold, Cold Hearts
"Robert Khayat tells the stories behind the stories that have made him a respected leader
and an inspiration to so many."
Beth Ann Fennelly & Tom Franklin,
co-authors of The Tilted World
"Charismatic, energetic, visionary, Robert Khayat inherited in 1995 an underfunded and dwindling state university haunted by Mississippi's racist history. Over the dozen years under his leadership, the university transformed itself into a thriving public institution committed to academic excellence and proud of being chosen to host the first Presidential debate between John McCain and Barack Obama. In this memoir, The Education of a Lifetime, the beloved former Chancellor tells us how. I have taught at the University of Mississippi for twenty-five years, and I'm moved to read the history of its extraordinary changes."
"Robert Khayat has written a delightful, insightful account of who he is and why.
Joyous reading. A real winner!"
author of Backseat Quarterback
"I left Mississippi over fifty years ago to make movies in Hollywood. I made a few. Robert, my dear friend and chancellor, has written a book that has made me wish I had stayed home. If I had, I might've accomplished half as much as he has. A must read for all."
Producer of Field of Dreams and Die Hard
"When the College Board asked Robert Khayat to articulate his vision for The University of Mississippi, he said he wanted to make Ole Miss one of America's great public universities.
The Education of a Lifetime provides ample evidence that he achieved his goal."
Historian David Sansing
On shelves in fine bookstores everywhere September 10, 2013.